Competitions and Opportunities for Writers

A growing list of writing Competitions, Festivals, Events and Opportunities.

Right Left Write – Queensland Writers Centre – monthly competition. Theme for May – Crime/Thriller

Right Left Write is a monthly flash fiction competition. Each month the QWC will announce a prompt word or theme, then it’s over to you to create a short story of up to 500 words and right, left, write. QWC Members can enter for free and non-members can enter for a $5 fee.

So make Right Left Write part of your routine and get writing. Read More…

Competition: The 2022 Larrikin House Picture Book Competition and Graphic Novel Competition (Both open only to SCBWI members) Closing Date: 5.00pm AEDT on July 1, 2022

The 2022 Larrikin House Graphic Novel Competition and 2022 Larrikin House Picture Book Competition offers the to win a one on one manuscript feedback session with Publisher James Layton, as well as the chance to secure a publishing contract with Larrikin House.

Read more about SCBWI here…(Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Join SCBWI here… Read more about Larrikin House here…

Competition: The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award. Closing Date:31 May 2022

The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award is one of Australia’s richest and the most prestigious award for an unpublished manuscript by a writer under the age of thirty-five. Read more…

Competition: The Banjo Prize 2022. Closing Date: 5.00pm AEST Friday 27 May

The Banjo is open to all Australian writers of commercial fiction, offering the chance to win a publishing contract with HarperCollins, with an advance of $15,000. Two runners-up will each receive a written assessment of their manuscript from HarperCollins.

Applicants are required to submit a full manuscript of adult commercial fiction, a short pitch of between one and three sentences, a 500-word synopsis and a 200-word biographical statement. Any Australian resident aged 18 or older is eligible to enter. Read more…

Competition: Grieve 2022 – Hunter Writer’s Centre. Closing Date: 8pm AEST Monday 30 May

This is the 10th year of the Grieve Project. We are calling for stories up to 500 words and poems up to 36 lines about grief and loss. Our judges select the top 100 works to be published in the annual anthology which is launched in August. View the 2022 Prizes. Read More…

Competition: 2022 Newcastle Short Story Award. Closing Date: 8pm Monday 25 April AEDT

The Newcastle Short Story Award is calling for stories up to 2000 words. Open theme. Submit Your Story Here

Submission: Walker Books to launch ‘Walker Wednesday’ Date: 29 June 2022 9am to Midnight.

In 2022, Walker Books Australia will again run Walker Wednesday, a continued initiative to strengthen their commitment to Australian publishing, Walker Books Australia is looking for new, diverse voices to create stories kids and teens will love. Read more..

Competition: Enter your yarn now. Closing Date: Tuesday May 31, 2022.

Enter your yarn here for the chance to have it published in The West Australian or one of our other platforms. Read More…

Events coming soon at the Queensland Writers Centre.
21 May: Editorially Savvy with Lauren Elise Daniels & Geneve Flynn
22 May: Planning With Purpose with Richard Yaxley
28 May: Youth Writing Saturday (Grades 7-9 & 10-12)
25 June: Poetry And Home with Ella Jeffery
26 June: Express Year of the Novel 2022 with Nike Sulway (session 1/5)
26 June: Finding Your Voice with Marija Peričić
5 July: The Next Draft with Laurel Cohn (session 1/6)
23 July: Writing Cultural History with Luke Stegemann
10 September: Using Inspiration As A Tool with Megan Jacobson
17 September: Kickstart Your Memoir Writing with Darryl Dymock
Check out our website for the full program and more details.

Competition: Tamar Valley Short Story Competition. Closing date: 5.30pm on Thursday, June 30

The Tamar Valley Short Story Competition is a short fiction competition that encourages entries from across Australia for its Open Section. You could win $1500 cash, mentorships, Petrarch’s (book shop) gift vouchers, or the inaugural Adam Thompson ‘New Voice” Award! Grades 5-12 sections are open ONLY to Tasmanian students.
*Entries close for all sections at 5.30pm on Thursday, June 30. Winners will be announced at the Tamar Valley Writers Festival in mid-October

Competition: Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize Closing Date: 6 June 2022

Open to Australian citizens or Permanent Residents of Australia Poetry in an open theme (up to 50 lines) Read more…

The Friday Pitch: Adult fiction, non-fiction & illustrated books – Adult Fiction, Non-fiction and Illustrated Submissions


Allen & Unwin publish a wide range of literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction for adults, and are always on the lookout for new stories and storytellers to add to our list.  See detailed examples of the kinds of books we publish listed on our website under About Allen & Unwin >What we Publish.

Through The Friday Pitch, Allen & Unwin has discovered several bestselling authors, including Fleur McDonald, Helen Brown, Mary Groves, Therese Creed, Karly Lane, Danielle Hawkins and many more.

We are not currently interested in assessing poetry, category romance, adult fantasy, science fiction, short stories or scripts. Read more…

Travel Grant Submissions: Watch this space for 2023 opportunities. Read More…

In partnership with the Myer Foundation, the Travel Fund supports emerging, midcareer, and established Australian writers and literary sector workers in pursuing professional development opportunities. This includes writers, editors, agents, publishers, librarians, booksellers, employees and associates of literary organisations and journals, and other literary professionals currently living in Australia.

Applicants can apply for grants between $2,000 and $10,000. These grants support professional development through travel. The Travel Fund was launched in 2017 and was named in honour of poet, novelist and short story writer Neilma Gantner (1922-2015).

Competition: Outback Writers’ Festival 2022 Short Story Competition Check back for 2023 dates.

GCWA member Stacey King won this competition in 2021! Read More about the festival here… and Read More about the short story competition here…

Applications Open. Publishable 2022 – Annual program. Applications closed for 2022

Publishable gives up to 25 successful applicants with completed manuscripts the chance to take part in a tailored manuscript development program. Each writer will receive a personalised program timetable designed to strengthen, refine and polish their completed manuscript. Read More...

Competition: Peter Carey Short Story Awards 2022 Closed. Watch this space for 2023

Moorabool Shire Libraries and local writers Jem Tyley-Miller and Wayne Marshall are proud to announce the 2022 Peter Carey Short Story Award.

Peter Carey is arguably Australia’s greatest living writer. The author of fourteen critically acclaimed novels and four works of non-fiction, Carey has won the Miles Franklin three times, and the Man Booker twice. Early in his career Carey published two short story collections of rare and startling power—The Fat Man in History and War Crimes—both of which remain, forty years on, unrivalled in their mastery of the short story form.

The award is for short stories between 2000 – 3000 words, and is open to all Australian residents. Longlisted entries in 2022 will be judged by Melissa Manning. Full Terms and Conditions.(PDF, 165KB)  Submit your story here!

Image: ‘Magical Tree’ by Liliarta Visions

Competition: Northern Beaches Writers’ Competition Watch this space for the 2023 competition

Writers are invited to enter stories (max 2500 words) inspired by the theme of tree, along with at least one (1) copyright-free image that reflects and enhances that story.

Tree – tree of life, family tree, trees, tree network, tree diagram, decision tree.

Stories can be non-fiction, fiction, or fiction inspired by true events. All genres and styles welcome. Multiple entries also welcome. Entry fee: AUD$15.

Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards Closed for 2022 Read More…

Competition: Jennifer Burbidge Short Story Award Closed for 2022

Accepting stories, fiction or non-fiction, on the theme of disability in an Australian setting. Stories must be up to 300 words. Open to all writers in Australia. Entry is $15. Scroll down on website for payment details. The winners will receive $500 first prize, $250 runner-up. Full terms and conditions here.

Email your submission to:

Competition: Silver Tree Short Story Competition. Closed for 2022

Under the Silver Tree Cooperative Bookshop is conducting a short story writing competition, with total prize money of $1,500. Entrants will write a short story of no more than 2000 words inspired by Rebecca West’s quote: “The world is round and what might seem like the end may also be only the beginning.” Read More…

Competition: 2022 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize Closed for 2022

2022 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. The Jolley Prize is worth a total of AU$12,500 – first place will receive $6,000, second place will receive $4,000, and third place will receive $2,500.

The Jolley Prize is open to all short story writers writing in English. We seek original short stories of between 2,000 and 5,000 words. Read more…

Writers Victoria members can find a list of local, state and national writing opportunities and competitions in the Calendar. Read More…

A great list of competitions brought to you by the Australian Writers’ Centre. Read More…

Hints and Tips on Entering Competitions – adapted from the Stringybark Stories website

  1. Never put your name on your story. Put it on the entry form or on a separate page.
  2. Follow the formatting requirements. All competitions describe how they want your entry to look.
  3. Try and ensure that your entry and your payment are made as close together as possible. That is, don’t pay your entry and then submit your story a month later. It makes administration very tricky. It’s always best to do both together.
  4. Related to number 3 above, if you are paying by Direct Deposit remember to put your surname in the reference field so the organisers can marry your entry and your payment.
  5. Ensure that your story meets the theme of the competition!
  6. Keep to the word limit.

The Australian Writers’ Resource is a remarkable website for all writers. It offers a comprehensive list of competitions and submission opportunities both within Australia and beyond, a list of publishers with contact and submission details, and a list of writers’ groups.

Writers Block. Gold Coast Libraries and Queensland Writers Centre present professional free workshops for local writers. Each month there is a new theme and presenter. Covering a wide range of topics, including world building, self-publishing, developing characters, poetry, memoirs and more, you are guaranteed to learn something new. Book your seat today, and keep updated by subscribing to our eNewsletter below. Read More…

Submissions Invited. Kill Your Darlings Closed. Subscribe to KYD for notifications of future open submissions.

Each year New Australian Fiction showcases stories from some of Australia’s best and brightest short fiction writers. We encourage writers from diverse backgrounds and all levels of experience to submit.

The 2022 edition is due to be published in September, and all genres will be considered. Submissions close on 4 MarchFor more information and to submit your work, visit our Submittable page.

Competition: Spooky Story Competition Closed for 2022 – Bookmark for 2023!

The KSP Writers’ Centre is proud to present this annual spooky story competition,  sponsored by Little Black Dress Productions. The judges will be looking for good quality original, unpublished writing with engaging characters and a compelling narrative including an excellent beginning, middle and end. Entries must be rated PG and should address the set theme. The theme for 2022 is ‘Best Friend’. Read More…

Competition: Calanthe Collective Prize for Unpublished Poetry. Closed for 2022

The prize was initiated by Brisbane-based poet Jena Woodhouse and is sponsored by her this year, in association with Calanthe Collective.

This competition is designed to encourage aspiring and current poets in two categories: Under 18, restricted to high school aged people; and an Open category, which is restricted to poets who are yet to have a book or chapbook published by April 4 2022. Calanthe Collective is looking for exceptional poems in both categories. Read More…

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